Who We Are
The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging is hosted by Meals on Wheels America as part of a cooperative agreement with the Administration on Aging. The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) is designed to build the capacity of the aging services network to provide nutrition services for both current and future older adult populations integrated into a home- and community-based service system and provide training and technical assistance to the aging network regarding nutrition services. Additionally, the National Resource Center is tasked with working to enhance the aging service network’s knowledge regarding the role of nutrition services in health promotion and disease prevention, and the scientific and clinical evidence that support both healthy meals and other nutrition services.
The NRCNA host, Meals on Wheels America, is the oldest and largest national organization representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs across the country. This national organization and network representing 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs that serve over one million meals every day to seniors across the country. To learn more about Meals on Wheels America, please visit our website at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging. For more information about the AoA, click here.
In October 2011, Meals on Wheels America was awarded a three-year grant to establish a new National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) to assist the national aging network, including local nutrition programs as well as national associations and state and regional agencies involved with aging, in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act. The purpose of the NRCNA is to modernize the provision of senior nutrition services by providing tools and resources which promote program excellence, service quality, business acumen and models for social entrepreneurship.
In August 2014, the Administration on Aging announced it has again awarded a grant to Meals on Wheels America for continued funding of the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging as a platform that supports the nutrition services programs by helping to enhance their skills, knowledge, and sustainability. This funding will increase the availability of information about promising practices for successful integration of the nutrition network into the changing home- and community-based services network and health care arena.
- Ucheoma Akobundu, Senior Director, Nutrition Strategy
- Magda Hageman-Apol, Vice President of Education and Training
- Sharron Corle, Professional Development Director
- Elise Hernandez, Data and Analytics Manager
- Sammi Heffron, Education and Training Administrator